Chiefs vs. Redskins. Whatever hope the Washington Redskins had to beat the Kansas City Chiefs when they woke up this morning was quickly dashed when a report surfaced this morning from ESPN about head coach Mike Shanahan. The Redskins never seemed quite into the game at all, as they were dominated in all aspects of the game by the Kansas City Chiefs 45-10.
The ESPN report stated that Shanahan was ready to quit as Redskins head coach last season due to owner Daniel Snyder’s special treatment of quarterback Robert Griffin III. The report further stated that Shanahan changed his mind on quitting when RGIII sustained his knee injury, because he didn’t want it perceived the injury was why he quit.
But the Chiefs came out looking like a team motivated to secure a playoff spot, and the Redskins looked like a team that had arrived at a breaking point. Especially on special teams, as the Chiefs had two long returns for touchdowns on the day. The first, a 74 yard punt return by Dexter McCluster and 95 yards kick return by Quentin Demps, both in the second quarter.
The Chiefs led 38-10 at half time. But the damage may have been done before the game had even started. As the Redskins had already been dealing with inconsistency on offense and defense, but with the revelations about tension between Shanahan and Snyder coming out before the game, the team was no doubt affected by it.
Shanahan’s future as head coach was in doubt before the game, and those doubts will be raised even higher with this recent lackluster loss. If it’s true that Shanahan wanted to resign last season, then it seems he may get his wish to get away from the team very soon. As the team no longer appears to be responding to his leadership.